How Does Quickbooks Online Edition Compare To the Desktop Versions of QuickBooks?

Online Edition (OE) is available in 2 versions: Basic and Plus.  It offers 3 powerful features:

  • lower up-front software costs resulting from less expensive, on-demand pricing
  • reduced burden for installation, maintenance, and support
  • rapidly scalable access to your accounting data when and where you need it

Generally speaking, OE does not offer the full feature set of the desktop versions of QuickBooks but makes up for those differences by delivering significant cost savings, providing “anytime, anywhere” access to accounting information in a rapidly scalable model, providing built-in rapid support, and eliminating ongoing software maintenance.

We’ve prepared our own QuickBooks Product Comparison for 2009 which provides more details on the exact feature differences between OE and the desktop versions of QuickBooks.  OE Basic and OE Plus are compared alongside QuickBooks Pro, Premier, and Enterprise Solutions.

We’ve also written a detailed evaluation of Online Edition that includes screen shots comparing common tasks in both QuickBooks Premier and OE.

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  1. I see that this article was posted 3 years ago and was wondering what your thoughts are now on QBO vs. the desktop version? Would you prefer one over the other and why?